By semi-popular demand, here in writing is what the Super Bowl MVP plus the Seahawks’ coordinators said following today’s practice for exhibition game number three, Friday at 7 p.m. at home against the Chicago Bears.
Bevell reiterated he is going to use wide receiver Percy Harvin “in a lot of different ways.”
The Seahawks seem at times almost giddy over the prospect of finally having Harvin fully healthy at the start of a season — or any more than three games of it, as he was limited to last regular season and postseason. This morning during practice Harvin continued to look supersonic compared to every other player on the field not named Paul Richardson.
“He makes some wild plays,” said Bevell, Harvin’s offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings in 2009 and ’10.
Those were Harvin’s first two years in the NFL. He had 131 catches for 1,658 yards and 11 touchdowns — plus another 33 rushes with one score and 82 kickoff returns with three touchdowns — combined while playing 29 of a possible 32 games in 2009-10 with Bevell and the Vikings.
Quinn had a word for Smith returning to his getting-back-to-full-go linebacking corps: “Awesome.”
LB Malcolm Smith
August 19, 2014
(On announcing “hey don’t forget about me” by making a one-handed interception in practice) I guess, man. I’m just trying to do my job and I was fortunate to get an opportunity there, you know, so make them pay.
(On picking up where he left off) I guess, man. Hopefully keep it rolling. I don’t think one practice will do it all but just trying to stack some good days together.
(On Coach Quinn talking about off season difficulties) I’ve been itching. I mean, you come off a pretty good game – we did some great stuff in the Super Bowl. And then it (the offseason) was just a lull for me. A lot of down time, a lot of watching, and a lot of learning. Dealing with my own emotions and stuff every day. It was good to get out here today and start moving around a little bit.
(On how life changed as an MVP) Not much. My life hasn’t changed. A lot of people care about you a little bit more than they used to. But other than that, it’s all the same to me.
(On how impressive the linebacker group and the team has been in the preseason) It just shows. Those guys get opportunities and they make the most of it. That’s something we care about in our room. Just try to step in and be better than the guy before you. You know. Just try to earn that respect. It’ll be good and getting everybody back hopefully will make us strong as a group.
(On his ankle issues that he had surgery for and if they’re chronic or if they just came up after the Super Bowl) It kind of caught me off guard. It made me slip up and they suggested I get it fixed. That’s it. It took longer than I expected to get back but it’s not easy to come out here and play football.
(On having an idea of his role this season) Not really. I am just trying to be available. That was the best thing for me is to be available last year. Hopefully the coaches count on me when I get those opportunities.
(On pain in his ankle last year) I didn’t have any issues with my ankle last year. I just had normal bumps and bruises during the season. It was kind of more of an offseason thing.
(On how you would rate the interception he made in practice) I haven’t seen it yet. It’s never is as good as it feels.
(On running the ball into the end zone with half dozen team mates in the end) It just shows I care about being a good teammate. I know those guys too. Especially in our room we care about each other as men and as young guys growing up in the NFL. It was good.
(On giving him a hard time for being MVP) I mean not really. They’re supportive. They see the struggle it takes for us to get any recognition so they’re happy for us.
(On having to sit out for three weeks) It’s been really hard. You want to carry momentum and try and do it mentally. I’ve been trying to focus my energy on things I can do while I can do them.
(On Coach Norton being easier today than four years ago) I think he wants to develop that trust in you and that relationship and understanding. But it’s in waves. He’ll be hard on us again pretty soon. We’ll enjoy the good times while they’re here.
(On getting used to Coach Norton and if he has caught him off guard) He’s funny. He’s always growing – as a coach and I’ve seen him as a parent. I’m watching him all the time just as he’s watching us. He’s coaching us and I’m watching him.
(On how Pete Carroll has changed since recruiting Malcolm at USC) Well, it’s the NFL. It’s a little more pressure I guess you’d say, if you look at it like that. He’s kind of a guy that has his philosophy, and he just kind of elevated it to this level. It really hasn’t been much change.
(On why he was able to play so well down the stretch last season as well as in the postseason) Just that focus and trying to take those mental reps. Like I said earlier, just be available. You’re not really helpful when you can’t practice and you’re not there. That’s my main concern, getting back on the field and trying to be out here every day from now on.
(On how he feels right now) I feel pretty good. If we had a game today I feel like I could play. So, you know, I’ll just keep building from there and try to get the most out of my ankle.
Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell
August 19, 2014
(On Robert Turbin having a big half and what he sees out of him) I see a lot of good things out of him. The best part of it was that his home run didn’t get called back. He had quite a few of those last year, but he’s just doing a nice job. Each and every year he comes back more focused and more prepared and when the opportunity presents itself for him to be able to get in the game, or get a number of carries, he’s positioned himself to be ready for that. I saw him running physical, he’s got good speed. The cool part at the end of the long run he was able to use his off arm and probably got about twelve to fifteen more yards just with his stiff arm. That’s something he worked on and something he’s improved on. He’s just really a true pro. He’s committed to getting himself better anyway he can. He spends a lot of time with Russell [Wilson] as well and he’s just doing a great job.
(On Percy Harvin being healthy for the offense this year) Well I think you can just look at last year, see the few plays and the significant impact that he had on those few plays last year when he was able to get in the game. Being able to have him on a consistent basis will be huge for us. He’s an explosive play-maker. You want to be able to have the ball in his hands each and every game. He’s very explosive with it, he can do a lot of things. Once he gets the ball in his hands, we need to put him in those positions and to be able to that he just needs be out there. He’s shown that through training camp, he’s been out there, he’s been in games and we like what we see.
(On Percy Harvin making a difference even if he’s not getting the ball) Absolutely, you’re going to use him in a lot of different ways. You do need to give him the ball because of the explosive nature that he has. They have to pay attention to him when he’s out there. I think you saw in the Super Bowl as well. Just to be able to bring him around and do the things that we did with him, it had a significant impact even when he wasn’t getting the ball.
(On as much time as he spends with Percy, is he used to that explosiveness) Oh yeah. I’ve seen it for a long time and I love it and I’m glad it’s on our side. He makes some wild plays. He’s talked about the speed that he’s felt and you can definitely feel it on the field as well.
(On what he wants to see out of the last couple preseason games) I just want to continue to see us be consistent. We made a nice jump from the first game to the second game. We played pretty well offensively and we just want to continue to be able to progress. Continue just to play consistent ball. We were able to hold onto the ball, we were able to convert third downs, we were able to do a nice job in the red zone, but that’s one game. We need to do it on a consistent basis. We were able to run the ball last week, obviously that’s what we are built upon, that’s what we love to do. We want to continue to see consistency in that area and not have peaks and valleys.
(On the offensive line coming back together) Yeah, that would be a huge bonus for us to get them all back. We’re still missing a couple of them but the guys that have been in their place have done a really nice job. We can always count on Lemuel [Jeanpierre] to step in there and do a good job for us. It was a well-executed game last week and again I just want to make sure we continue to do that on a consistent basis.
(On Terrelle Pryor not getting to throw the ball much last week, what is he looking for as far as him throwing the ball for the next preseason games) Well, Terrelle has done a nice job in his progression since he’s been here. He’s come in, he’s worked really hard. He picked up the offense really well. There can be some tough challenges just getting in and out of the huddle. He’s been able to spit the play out and learn that that way. He’s done a nice job throwing the ball around out here at practice for the most part so he has progressed there. He’s doing a nice job with his foot work; he’s moving his feet well. He’s getting the ball out quicker each and every day as he comes along and the game kind of presents a new challenge. We weren’t able to get him in those situations. We’ve gotten him in other situations. The first game we got through a little bit more. Last week was just the case where the situations of the game didn’t dictate for him to throw at all. We aren’t going to turn it into throwing the ball every down for him but we are going to do as the game dictates. The progression that we’ve seen out here on the field I think really kind of tells us where he’s at.
Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn
August 19, 2014
(On return of injured linebackers) Yes and specifically Malcolm [Smith]. That was a terrific play by him going up and getting the ball. It’s awesome to have him back out here, I think one of the things that Malcolm brings to us is that speed and athletic ability. I think that showed today on the interception he had, but that’s a typical play for Malcolm which we’ve grown accustomed to seeing for him. In nickel that’s where he can be real factor behind the ball especially in the pass game so it’s awesome to have him back out there.
(On Malcolm Smith’s recovery) He worked really hard in his rehab, he really has. So for him, I know he’s been really anxious to get back and get going. He had a terrific spring, but he missed some time at the first part of camp so he’s just working as hard as he can to get back. It’s awesome to have him back out today and for him in the first practice to make a play like that it’s, ‘Alright Malcolm’ – that’s Malcolm we know.
(On knowledge of which linebackers will make the team) I think we feel pretty strongly. It was a good group going into camp and then we had some injuries, but what an opportunity for guys who may have not got the same amount of reps like a hidden blessing for some of these guys, like here’s my opportunity and I’m going for it. We still don’t have Bruce [Irvin] back yet and Bobby [Wagner] all the way. We’re anxious to get those two back in fold as well. It’s a really competitive group so it seems like the next guy who’s going in, here’s your opportunity to go do something and show you can do it. I think Malcolm [Smith] was a real product of that last year, he ended up starting the first four games when Bruce was out and then Bobby had missed two games and he went back into the starting lineup. When guys get their opportunity and they’re ready to take advantage of it, it’s pretty cool to see when that happens.
(On depth of the defensive line) We think so. Pass rushers, that’s one thing we’re always looking to find. We know we need to be at our best at the end when it’s time to go rush these guys in the two minute. O’Brien Schofield is somebody that stood out to me in training camp and through the first two preseason games. I think he’s improved a lot as a rusher, through this offseason, through training camp, and we can all feel when a guy is going for it and I think it’s true with O.B. in this training camp.
(On how O’Brien Schofield dealt with his offseason) Well once it went through, the recruiting process was full on from our end. So he really wanted an opportunity to come and show he could rush. Last year we kind of used him at SAM and at LEO so this year we’ve made him exclusively a LEO. We know he could always go back and play some SAM linebacker, he’s got that in his history both at Arizona and here, but this year we’ve exclusively used him as a rusher and trying to feature him in that way. It’s been good he’s totally accepted the challenge, and like I said, you can feel when a guy is going for it and I can with him this year. He got here during camp last year so maybe he was still trying to find that identity if that makes sense. Imagine all of us just walking into a team in the middle of training camp, where do I fit in, how I go about this and then all of a sudden, now being here with the offseason and going through it all, it’s much different.
(On package with Tony McDaniel at defensive end) We do. In some of the teams we’re going to need to play bigger, just about the clubs that we face. In those games we feature more big guys. Then there’s other games where nickel will be a bigger part of the package. That’s why we really try to preach the versatility as often as we can to know on games that we need to have rushers available we’ll do that. For games that are teams that are more power oriented and really strong run game we’ll need big guys in there to anchor it down. Tony is someone who has history playing end before coming here Tony played 34 defensive end in both Jacksonville and Miami so for us we know he had the history of doing it. We did it a little bit with him; you guys didn’t see it as much we did it some in practice. This year we made the decision in the offseason that he’d be a guy we could feature to do that.
(On Jeron Johnson’s spring and Kam Chancellor’s size) Jeron [Johnson] has had a terrific spring. I tried to point him out the other day; I thought what a nice tackle that was on the run through. It was a pretty good tribute to his big brother after the play too. He’s been on it. The details the assignment, the mental side I think that was important for him going through this offseason. He had all the reps in OTAs, he had all the reps here now through training camp and he’s proven he’s ready to go. That’s an important quality showing as a teammate, man you can count on me, and I know we can count on Jeron. Getting back to Kam [Chancellor], he brings a lot. We’d have a long time to talk about all the different things that he brings. It’s the toughness, it’s the finish, it’s the attitude, it’s the way that he tackles. He’s a really physical player. It goes without saying, you guys have seen him. He brings an awful lot to us and we try to feature him in the ways that use his skills to where he can play strong in the hook or edge set. There’s so many things that he brings to us, but it’s the toughness and the finish really.
(On Jordan Hill) He definitely has gotten stronger, I think he was set back by some of the injuries he had last year. We’re counting on Jordan [Hill] to be a factor in this nickel group and that’s where we’re looking at him first. That competition is still underway and I think it may take us a few more games to figure that out, but he’s certainly in the mix with those guys, I’ve been pleased with him so far.
(On fights between players during camp) You certainly don’t want them, in terms of the back and forth. It’s a really competitive heightened time, when I think guys are really going for it. I want to show I belong on this thing, some of those flare ups may happen and that’s our job as coaches to try and get that handled as best we can. Really we want to know what we’re competing for and at the end of it is how good we can make each other by how hard we go against each other. Sometimes that line can get crossed and get in the way, but really knowing what we’re competing for is to see how good we can get. Here at practice that’s what the whole message is about so at times the flare-ups may happen and it’s our job to try and control those as quickly as we can.